33-2-709. Retaliatory fees, taxes, and other obligations. (1) When by or pursuant to the laws of any other state or foreign country any taxes, licenses, and other fees, in the aggregate, and any fines, penalties, deposit requirements, or other material obligations, prohibitions, or restrictions are or would be imposed upon Montana insurers or upon the insurance producers or representatives of such insurers which are in excess of such taxes, licenses, and other fees, in the aggregate, or which are in excess of the fines, penalties, deposit requirements, or other obligations, prohibitions, or restrictions directly imposed upon similar insurers or upon the insurance producers or representatives of such insurers of such other state or country under the statutes of this state, so long as such laws of such other state or country continue in force or are so applied, the same taxes, licenses, and other fees, in the aggregate, or fines, penalties, or deposit requirements or other material obligations, prohibitions, or restrictions of whatever kind shall be imposed by the commissioner upon the insurers or upon the insurance producers or representatives of such insurers of such other state or country doing business or seeking to do business in Montana. Any tax, license, or other fee or other obligation imposed by any city, county, or other political subdivision or agency of such other state or country on Montana insurers or their insurance producers or representatives shall be deemed to be imposed by such state or country within the meaning of this section.
(2) This section shall not apply as to any fees in conjunction with the licensing of insurance producers, personal income taxes, ad valorem taxes on real or personal property, or special purpose obligations or assessments imposed by another state or by an agency of this state other than the department in connection with particular kinds of insurance other than property insurance, except that deductions from premium taxes or other taxes otherwise payable allowed on account of real estate or personal property taxes paid shall be taken into consideration by the commissioner in determining the propriety and extent of retaliatory action under this section.
(3) (a) For the purposes of this section the domicile of an alien insurer, other than insurers formed under the laws of Canada, shall be that state designated by the insurer in writing filed with the commissioner at time of admission to this state or within 6 months after January 1, 1961, whichever date is the later, and may be any one of the following states:
(i) that in which the insurer was first authorized to transact insurance;
(ii) that in which is located the insurer's principal place of business in the United States;
(iii) that in which is held the larger deposit of trusteed assets of the insurer for the protection of its policyholders and creditors in the United States.
(b) If the insurer makes no such designation, its domicile shall be deemed to be that state in which is located its principal place of business in the United States.